Halloween is almost here. Yes it’s that time of year again. As the temperature drops and the cold foggy night air sets in, we are in for a treat. As we search for the best streets and neighborhoods to trick or treat in, based on the spirit of this holiday season and the families that are keen to set up and show off their decorated properties. It’s time to get your creativity on and get out to the best of the best pumpkin patches. Pumpkin patches are family fun-filled activities full of holiday experiences. From fun hobby farm pickings to city makeshift lots with carnival games, I’m sure you’ll find the perfect experience for you and your little ghouls and goblins.
Mr. Bones is a favorite with the stars. In recent times it moved from Hollywood to Culver City and is now twice the size of the original location. It houses a large petting zoo, with pony rides, a straw maze, and lots of super fun things to do. Free for all during the week, but not so on Friday nights and the weekends. Included in your admission are vouchers towards pumpkin purchases and activity passes. They offer the luxury of valet parking and VIP passes for those who don’t want to wait in lines, and who want access to the VIP area with private bathrooms, free water and more.
More like a small version of The County Fair. If you’re a booth games, carnival rides and sugary indulgences kind of family, then this is the treat for you. (All harvest-themed). With a huge variety of pumpkins to choose from, you’ll find yourself among pumpkin patches, haystacks, corn stalks and many gourds. Kids, and the kid in you, can enjoy the variety of rides. It’s a big and little kids dream alike. Parking is free and you can find discounts on Groupon, Yelp, and Facebook.
Cal Poly Pomona is hosting their 25th Annual Pumpkin Festival on October 7th and 8th, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be thousands of pumpkins to pick from straight out of the patch. With more activities including face painting, corn mazes, horse rides a petting farm and more. With the introduction this year of hay rides and how to milk a cow demonstrations, a blacksmith shop, soap making and beekeeping. This amazing patch also includes The Cal Poly Pomona Insect Fair. Don’t miss this one.
With changing fall themes each week from Sept 30 – October 31 this year, Underwood family Farm is not to be missed this fall festive season. With Magic Lanterns, Aladdins, Howden Biggies, Gold Rush, Luminas, Cinderellas, Big Macs, Atlantic Giants, Baby Prams and Mystics, Jack be Littles, Lil Pumpkemons and Fairytales, you’ll see one of the largest varieties of pumpkins around. Come and watch the pumpkin carving demonstrations and elaborate pumpkin displays, maybe you’ll get some great ideas. Weekend admission includes live entertainment, pig races, wagon rides, corn maze, the corn stalk labyrinth, and more.
With games, a zip line, hayrides, a corn maze, there is lot’s to do for little ones, and the bit bigger ones too. It is a great picnic spot shaded by oaks, with a u-pick patch and sunflower fields. With a well-substantiated petting zoo, an aviary and good old pony rides too. The Pumpkin Patch can be found in a number of locations. Live Canyon Oak is by far their best location if you’re looking for a funfilled family day out. Check them out.
Shawn’s is located in both Hollywood and West LA. If you’re lucky enough to have a birthday around this time of year, you can do so here. You’ll find corn stalks, straw bales, and pumpkins that appear to go for miles. Check out the rare gourds and squashes. You’re also going to find carving kits and knives so you can get creative with your pick of the pumpkins. There are bounce houses, ball houses, face painting, train rides, petting zoo, a “bungee” and pony rides. It’s free to get in.
Make it your mission to get to Mission Hills where you’ll find fresh on the vine pumpkins. This Fall Harvest Festival is held in a real farm setting. It’s arguably one of the most beautiful in LA County. There’s a 4-acre corn maze and giant hay pyramid for the little kid in you. There is also lots of stuff for the little ones to do. Bring cash if you can or you’ll be up for ATM usage. It’s nothing to get in, but the corn maze, train ride and Farm Frolic admission is going to set you back $15 per person.
Who doesn’t like a drive into Santa Clarita? Horse-drawn wagon rides, the straw bale maze, petting zoo and farm store are all great attractions here. With crafts and live entertainment, and even a pumpkin cooking competition (Judged Oct 7). Weekends include early 9 am goat milking demonstrations and, the new pig races! If you’re not so happy with the snappy, you’ll find some photographers willing to snap the perfect field family photo for you. Free entry, but like everywhere else, bring some moula for some extra fun.
Known for the weekend BBQ and bakery, hurry to check out this low-key Ventura Patch. Pick your own pumpkin straight from the patch, carve your pumpkin or watch a demonstration and enjoy some rides, face painting and more. It is suggested that you phone ahead to see which activities are taking place on the day you’re planning to visit. So, get on down the coast for a fun fresh afternoon with the kids (or without)…whatever takes your fancy.
Set on a 30 acre farm, check out the sheep, goats, and alpacas. Your kids won’t want to miss the special pumpkin cannon, which shoots pumpkins up the hills. And don’t forget the corn maze! Tanaka Farms is set in Irvine with a U-Pick pumpkin patch. Pick your own pumpkins (and a variety of other veggies) straight off the vine. There is an admission fee for this one at a minimal $3. And various prices for other activities.
Free to enter with activities that include a bit more than picking your own pumpkins and riding the train and tractors. Enjoy the haunted house and the variety of food. Get in on the pumpkin ring toss Then there’s cookie decorating, carnival games, the giant maze, and so much more! With so many family-friendly activities, it will be easy to spend an entire day having fun.
Want to visit a Pumpkin patch on a smaller scale? If you haven’t got all day to spend, then these patches are perfect drop-bys.
On the smaller side, but by no means any less fun. This is a farm fresh market stand with some pretty awesome strawberries. Step across the road for their pretty cool and rather large corn maze. You won’t want to miss this one. With lots of activities for the little kids and plenty of picture taking opportunities. Stop by to pick your perfect pumpkin for carving. It’s free to come in and you’ll be in and out in no time at all.
Located in Sherman Oaks behind the Galleria, where the 405 and 101 connect. They have a petting zoo, pony rides, giant slide, a maze and a train. This conveniently located position is a great spot to pick out some pumpkins. Not all of their activities are available throughout the weekdays, with the animals making their appearances from Thursday through Sunday. Free to stop by. But a fee for the activities.
Tell us in the comments below if you’ve found the perfect patch and what you love about it.